Just installing a new tailgate and it has a lot of sideways movement within the trunnion-tailgate hinge. Is this normal? What's the fix?
perhaps.. a chunk of rubber in the hinge pocket... something like a section of a sidewall from a tire..or even something like i used yesterday... i was at the parts store looking for the rubber exhaust hanger straps.. i bought one for like 5 bucks.. it had a loop of rubber strip bolted to the swivel bracket.. i removed the bolt.. cut the strip of rubber into sections , used my gasket punch set and a lot of work to make the holes bigger and used it to replace the missing bed isolators on a friends pickup truck.. worked great.. will it work for your application???i don't know.. i liked the idea of the multiple layers of tire cord to prevent push out from under the bed mounts..you could also pickup some of the rubber motor mounts from a late 50s chevy truck or car..there are 2 sizes... #2521 and 2522... you might be able to slice and dice them down into the proper size you need to stabilize your tail gate.. i seem to recall that there are devices to center the tail gate on fleetside boxes.. perhaps i am wrong..